Jeffrey Lynch wrote -
The selfless attitude of Pat Tillman is such an inspiration. His strength and commitment to a cause greater than one's self continues to impact the lives of so many. For me, he's such an inspiration; as a proud veteran and spinal cord injury survivor. I am especially honored to be a part of the Tillman Foundation, helping those to achieve more knowledge to better themselves and for those they will serve. His legacy is incredible and far reaching.
Prior to July 8th 2015, I was an avid runner and loved physically demanding activities. On that day I was in my vehicle stopped at a construction zone & was rear-ended by an 18 wheeler. He hit me at a speed that was estimated to be nearly 75mph. After my time in the ER, ICU and MedSurg departments, I spent the next few months at an inpatient PT/OT Rehab hospital.
I was given the prognosis that I would never walk again. My current status is a C5/C7 Incomplete tetraplegic. Even though I have defied the odds and am now able to "walk", my life is forever changed.
Thanks be to God, my family and dear friends; including all of my clinical teams at all facilities for giving me the skills, courage and strength to fight on as I continue to deal with this injury. This will be the first "race" following my injury and the greatest distance I've covered in a single event.
I'm looking forward and so excited to accomplish this goal, knowing that all of the veterans and deserved family members will benefit from this race and the foundation's success.